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Yona Yona Beer Works – Kichijoji

My husband and I have visited Yona Yona Beer Works in Kichijoji 3 times now.  Kichijoji is a great Tokyo neighborhood that doesn’t feel too far away from base.  We had a friend drop us off at Seibu Tachikawa station and made it to Kichijoji station in one hour with two transfers.  The first two times we just went for a beer tasting/drink before lunch and dinner.  We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday there for dinner.  This place has a great atmosphere and lots of beers to choose from.  At lunch or dinner you can get a tasting flight to sample the different beers.  On our last visit they had a special called The Merry Go Round which was a tasting of 9 different beers and one barley wine.  We split this tasting as it was ¥5000 and the samples were larger.  For appetizers we enjoyed the pickled vegetables, salmon and pineapple tartare, and a cheese plate.  For dinner my husband ordered the sausage platter where he chose 3 flavors from about 10 different options.  I had the Buckwheat Pizza which was good (but covered in mushroom that I took off).  The menu is in Japanese and English but I missed the details of what was actually on the pizza.  This place is great for a date night, boys/girls night out, or a destination to entertain out of town visitors.  They also have a nice selection of beer glasses you can buy at check out.  We trained back to Akishima station and took the bus to the stop right outside the East gate so we could walk home from there.  You can also catch a taxi at Akishima for ¥1000- ¥1500 to the East gate. – Angela Vaillant, January 2018

Website: http://yonayonabeerworks.com/kichijoji/
HOURS: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm and 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sat/Sun 11:30am-11:00pm
PHONE: 042-228-4740

  

Peppermint Café – Kichijoji

If you love Thai food, Peppermint Café in Kichijoji is a great restaurant to check out.  It is the sister restaurant of Pepa Café which is just a short walk away. The atmosphere is great and the food was awesome too.  My friends and I stumbled upon the menu on the street on a girls night out .  We were seated at a cute table in the corner where we took off our shoes before sitting.  The dinner menu was very large so we decided to share and sample a variety of items.  The mojito’s were also very tasty!    I have since been back for lunch when we had family in town.  The menu is much smaller for lunch but includes a soup and salad set.  The area itself is also a great spot to check out for a date night or girls night out.  There are many shops and restaurants and it is a 35-45 minute train ride from Akishima station. – Angela Vaillant, November 2017

Website: http://www.peppermintcafe.com/
HOURS: Daily 11:30am-12am
PHONE: 0422-79-3930 

More Yokota Travel posts on Kichijoji: https://yokotatravel.com/?s=Kichijoji

Pepacafe Forest, Thai and Asian Cuisine

IMG_6548Kichijoji is one of my favorite Tokyo neighborhood’s where you can find many cute cafes, small/big businesses, and casual/fancy bars. The neighborhood is also known as one of the most desired places to live in the Kanto region. I enjoy taking a walk at Inokashira-park, famous for cherry blossoms during the Sakura season. There is a shrine, zoo, and a lake which you can even ride a swan boat. There is an art market during the weekend (usually starts at 9am) and you might encounter some puppet performers, magicians, or simply people playing their musical instruments. It’s a popular spot to get out especially on a sunny day.

There are a few cafes in the park and Pepacafe Forest is a casual Thai restaurant which is perfect for a family, a couple, or a group of friends.IMG_6549

If you like Thai food, this place is a must try! If you are not a fan of Thai food, you can still enjoy their drinks and desserts. I visited with my sister on a weekday for lunch. I had a lunch plate for ¥1100 (without tax).IMG_6551

I also visited on a weekend for a piece of cake and a drink (they have wine, beer, and cocktails.) The restaurant is spacious and I love how it’s surrounded by nature. You’ll have a view of the park if you get a window seat. I saw some families with little ones with high chairs available. The menu is listed in Japanese and English. I recommend going there during the weekdays since it could get very busy during the weekend. If you see people sitting on chairs right outside the restaurant, that means they are waiting in line, so you can sit next in line and wait. If the line is not so bad, I think it’s worth a try. – Mai Takahashi May 2016
Read more about Kichijoji neighborhood from past posts from here: Kichijoji

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pepaforest/
HOURS: Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am – 10:00pm
PHONE: 0422-42-7081

GENERAL TRAIN DIRECTIONS to Kichijoji station: Take the Ome Line from Fussa to Tachikawa, then transfer to a Tokyo-bound Chuo line train and get off at Kichijoji. If you catch a rapid train from Fussa, you will not have to transfer at Tachikawa. Just stay on the train. Note that the special rapid doesn’t stop in Kichijoji, so if you’re on one, get off at Mitaka and take the next train.

To Pepacafe restaurant from Kichijoji station:

Exit through the Park Exit.
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After going down the stairs/escalators after the exit, you’ll cross a road and keep going straight.
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You’ll see a bigger street (called Inokashira street) and Marui department store in front of you (keep an eye out for “OIOI” (Marui) sign).
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You’ll cross the Inokashira street and walk down the street to the right side of the Marui department store.
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Keep going down the street and you’ll reach Inokashira park.
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After entering the park, keep going straight and cross the bridge. Then you’ll see the boat pier on your left.
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Pass the boat pier and keep going straight and you’ll see the restaurant.

 

Kichijoji

Kichijoji Shopping
Inokashira Park
Restaurants near Kichijoji train station

Kichijoji by Sarah StrausThis area, 40 minutes by train from Fussa, is one of my favorite Tokyo neighborhoods. The atmosphere reminds me a little of New York’s Greenwich Village. I love poking around the maze of tiny lanes that shoot off from the main shopping streets. There are oodles of boutiques, cafes and jazz bars to discover. Kichijoji is no slouch when it comes to major retailers, either. It has Tokyu, Marui, Parco and Atre department stores, plus craft giant Yuzawaya and a most wonderful chain store that defies easy description: LOFT. There is even a Williams-Sonoma on Tokyu’s 7th floor. Another notable is Miuraya, a supermarket specializing in imported food. Kichijoji is also home to Inokashira Park, which has a lake, a zoo and an aviary but is most famous for its cherry blossoms.
A quick orientation to Kichijoji
In the station, follow the signs for the Central Exit. Go through the fare gates and Kichijoji Sarah Strausturn left to exit the building. Now look across the plaza/traffic circle and you will see Sun Road, a long covered street street full of shops. Head for it. At the start of Sun Road, on the right, look carefully to find a tourist information booth. Ask for the Kichijoji Area Map in English to help you get your bearings. Sun Road has a blue-green metal framework overhead. From its entrance you can see another covered shopping street — Daiya Gai — shooting off to the left. In my opinion, it has more interesting shops than Sun Road, and the warren of tiny streets adjacent to it is not to be missed. Tokyu is at the end of Daiya Gai. Behind Tokyu it gets more neighborhood-y. The shops are fewer but more rewarding.
And then there’s the Park Exit of the train station. To be honest, I haven’t made it there yet, but I want to go, if only for the Yuzawaya craft store at Marui. This is from a previous edition of Yokota Travelog:

From the station, exit the Park Exit and walk past the glittering pachinko shops. In less than a minute you will come upon Inokashira- Dori, dominated by the department store Marui. The sign for Marui looks like 0101 (The word maru means circle). There’s also a Body Shop, Subway Sandwiches, and L.L. Bean. Continuing on, you will come upon the Inokashira Park—a great place to take your lunch (see entry in sightseeing section).

Among other features, Kichijoji has an intriguing animation-inspired museum I hope we can review some day:  Ghibli Museum 10am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays. Note: Advance Tickets Only! ¥1000 for adults. 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes by bus from the South Exit of JR Mitaka Station. The West Park of Inokashira Park, 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013 Phone: 057-005-5777

GENERAL TRAIN DIRECTIONS to Kichijoji station: Take the Ome Line from Fussa to Tachikawa, then transfer to a Tokyo-bound Chuo line train and get off at Kichijoji. If you catch a Rapid from Fussa, you will not have to transfer at Tachikawa. Just stay on the train. Note that the Special Rapid doesn’t stop in Kichijoji, so if you’re on one, get off at Mitaka and take the next train. Strangely enough, this turns out to be the fastest way: 32 minutes.  – Liz Ruskin 2010, photos by Sarah Straus, September 2013.